COVINGTON, La. -- Ethan Carroll is a lover of animals. That’s why the 12-year-old made it his Lenten mission to help all of them at the St. Tammany Humane Society.
"A couple of years ago, I had to give up a dog and we kind of wanted to make sure she had proper care and everything so we started donating here for Lent," Ethan said.
The effort has spread from the dad-son duo providing money and supplies alone to dozens in the community pitching in to Ethan’s Lent Project through his Facebook page.
"It's taught him that it's more about what you do, instead of what you give up. Giving up is something that everybody else does because they feel like they have to. He felt like if he did something like this, it actually gave it more purpose," said Tim Carroll, Ethan's dad.
The response over the past four years has been a blessing for the shelter.
"It's a great example to his classmates and everyone else around him,” said St. Tammany Humane Society Executive Director Vicky Kreeger, “It's really good that he's coming together and bringing so many people to us and the awareness."
And now Ethan wants you to consider giving to the project this Lent, instead of giving up something else.
“Anything that you think a shelter would need, food supplies, toys, rags, cleaning supplies, gloves, anything of that nature would help," said Tim Carroll.
"It makes me feel like they're really happy that they have someone to help," said Ethan.
The family will be collecting donations until Easter. To find out how to become part of Ethan’s Lent Project, click here.